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Remarks on U.S. Mortgage Finance

28th May 2010

Arnold Kling wonders where the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage came from.

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Peggy Noonan is in Shock

28th May 2010

Freeberg takes a look.

She is brilliant at what she does. But I’ve always had some reservations with what she does.

This is one of the most penetrating analyses I’ve seen in a long time. Read it twice.

Obama doesn’t have it. We haven’t seen Him actually maintain anything, besides relationships; and human emotions being what they are, with relationships you don’t work with the rewards or the wreckage of your work the day before. Obama, from the best information we’ve managed to seize about Him, seems to have spent a lifetime being blissfully insulated from the conditions of things.

Fer chrissakes, we don’t even have a story about a bicycle lovingly maintained, or a household pet. He doesn’t have the “guardian” personality. He is not, by personal inclination, a steward of something. There is no evidence whatsoever to indicate a refinement of the requisite skills, or a personal interest in refining them.

That hits the nail right on the head.

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European Commission Proposes US Surrender in Data Wars

28th May 2010

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Secret Court of Protection can order abortions and sterilisations of mentally ill patients

28th May 2010

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Your life under government-run health care. Don’t say that you weren’t warned.

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Ixtoc I oil spill

28th May 2010

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Ixtoc I was an exploratory oil well being drilled by the semi-submersible platform, Sedco 135F  in the Bay of Campeche of the Gulf of Mexico, about 100 km (62 mi) northwest of Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche  in waters 50 m (160 ft) deep.  On 3 June 1979, the well suffered a blowout resulting in the second largest oil spill and the largest accidental spill in history.

In the next nine months, experts and divers including Red Adair were brought in to contain and cap the oil well.  An average of approximately ten thousand to thirty thousand barrels per day were discharged into the Gulf until it was finally capped on 23 March 1980, nearly 10 months later.  Prevailing currents carried the oil towards the Texas coastline. The US government had two months to prepare booms to protect major inlets. Eventually, in the US, 162 miles (261 km) of beaches and 1421 birds were affected by 3,000,000 barrels (480,000 m3) of oil.  Pemex spent $100 million to clean up the spill and avoided paying compensation by asserting sovereign immunity.

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Japan Plans a Moon Base by 2020, Built by Robots for Robots

28th May 2010

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That will really confuse the aliens on the dark side.

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A woman jumping to her death managed to land on a cleaning lady below, killing both.

27th May 2010

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Always look up.

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USB Flash Drive Cufflinks

27th May 2010

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Quick! To the Bat Cave!

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Man dies of uterine cancer linked to transplant

27th May 2010

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Not something you see every day.

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Predators can be picky eaters

27th May 2010

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Just in case you were wondering. I know I was.

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Illegal Immigration–It’s Not Just About Mexicans Any More

27th May 2010

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The Department of Homeland Security is alerting Texas authorities to be on the lookout for a suspected member of the Somalia-based Al Shabaab terrorist group who might be attempting to travel to the U.S. through Mexico, a security expert who has seen the memo tells FOXNews.com.

My, what a surprise. Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

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The dhimmis: guilty people

27th May 2010

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Why must Maher El-Gohary and his daughter live in hiding, under serious daily threat of death? What crime have they committed? Obviously they have apostatized from Islam, and despite the willful ignorance of the American mainstream media and the deceptions of American Muslim advocacy groups, leaving Islam really does warrant the death penalty according to Islamic law.

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A South African man hired a hitman for £824 to kill his unborn child by shooting his former girlfriend in the stomach on Valentine’s Day.

27th May 2010

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A definition of ‘romantic’ that few would recognize.

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Beekeepers use tracking systems as hive thefts rise

27th May 2010

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Semtex looks a lot like honey, and the technology of detonating bombs via cellphone is well known.

Hmmmm.

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Video game fanatic hunts down and stabs rival player who killed character online

27th May 2010

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Some people need to get out more.

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Betting on the Engineers

27th May 2010

Scott Adams is … Scott Adams.

This is also a test of my theory that you should buy stocks in the companies that you hate the most. In general, you hate the companies that have the most power. And BP is the frickin’ Death Star of companies. They’re in the process of destroying an entire region of the world and there’s still no talk of cutting their next dividend. I admire them in the same way I admire the work ethic of serial killers. There’s an undeniable awesomeness about BP. I hate BP, but I still want to have their baby.

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Please donate to A Conservative Lesbian

27th May 2010

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Cynthia does good work, and deserves your support. Time presses, so climb on board.

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Flint shootings, homicides lead to calls for help from governor, National Guard

27th May 2010

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FLINT, Michigan — Shootings have become so widespread in the city that two former state representatives are talking about calling in the National Guard to help calm violence on Flint’s streets.

Welcome to Port-au-Prince North.

Michigan is, of course, a blue state.

Moe Lane at RedState has an idea:

I’m as small-government as the next person, but I sometimes wonder whether it’d be cost-effective to have a permanent fund much like the EPA’s Superfund – only this one would be dedicated to cleaning up areas where the Democratic party has thoroughly mucked up proper governance through too long a period of one-party rule.  Yeah, I know: it’d have to be a really, really big fund.  It might be still worth it; there’s something disturbing about having situations where people legitimately think that the only way to restore order is to bring in the military.  This is America: stuff like that is supposed to only happen in other countries.

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Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer rumored to present at Apple’s WWDC 2010

27th May 2010

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Why not? It’s like having a clown show up at your kid’s birthday party.

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‘Courageous Restraint’ in action: U.S. pilots find it hard not to respond when fellow soldiers are under attack

27th May 2010

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ABC News reporter Martha Raddatz was allowed to fly in an Air Force F-15E fighter jet on a combat mission in Afghanistan.  The plane was loaded with 500-pound bombs and ready to protect coalition forces on the ground.  But the guiding principle of the mission, Raddatz writes, was to exercise “courageous restraint,” that is, to not fire at the enemy if there were the possibility that civilians might be hurt or if buildings might be damaged — even if that meant that American or coalition forces were in great danger.

So now foreign civilians are more valuable than our own troops.

Every foreign civilian in a war zone now becomes a hostage — and an invulnerable one, at that.

There are some policies for which the term ‘stupid’ is woefully inadequate.

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Aircraft sets hypersonic record at six times the speed of sound

27th May 2010

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Unfortunately, it would still takes you two hours to get through security before you get on the plane. Kinda takes the fun out of it. But I’m sure military pilots will have a great time with it — if they’re not too busy flying drones.

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DC Bank Protest: So, SEIU Now Owns the Cops Too?

27th May 2010

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Fourteen buses start crossing the Maryland border (at which point we’re supposed to believe the Maryland police were immediately notified), they find parking on residential streets, unload their protesters, assemble 500 people on a private lawn, engage in threatening verbal abuse long enough to force a 14 year old boy to lock himself into a bathroom…and the Maryland police get there as they are dispersing? Is their police headquarters in Delaware?

Thankfully, I don’t live in Montgomery County. This is the kind of public safety and police protection for which they pay ridiculously high property taxes? They get a ’situation report’ that 500 protesters are targeting a private citizen’s home and they send 3 police officers? Really? They could only spare 3 officers on a Sunday in Montgomery County?

I hate to say this, and I will no doubt be attacked for it, but stories like this make one feel that the police are not on our side. A few weeks ago, police in Quincy, Illinois deployed a full contingent of riot police to deal with a couple hundred tea party protesters who where singing patriotic songs on public property. In Maryland, 3 police officers police watched as 500 union thugs stormed private property in an act of intimidation and did nothing because, as the police official notes, there weren’t any “no trespassing” signs at the property. (I wonder if he has “no trespassing” signs at his home.)

The distinction between the Other Left Coast and a Third World dictatorship like Zimbabwe or Venezuela is rapidly vanishing.

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My card, sir.

27th May 2010

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You’ve heard of Dancing with Wolves? Well, that’s nothing compared to Networking with Rodents.

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Billionaire German hotelier chokes to death on steak served at his own restaurant

27th May 2010

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Art Linkletter

27th May 2010

A person in whom I have absolutely no interest has died.

Apparently this has come as a surprise to a lot of people.

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Phone app fakes incoming calls

27th May 2010

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At last – technology for the rest of us.

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Mediterranean diet ‘could raise risk of heart attacks’

27th May 2010

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Remember last week’s science? Well, forget it, this week’s science is just the opposite.

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This Week in Bad Vestments

27th May 2010

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If you run a site like this, any story about the consecration of an Episcopal bishops is like Christmas. You don’t know what’s in the package but there’s a pretty good chance that you’re going to love it.

But the Diocese of Upper South Carolina just made up for it.  Um…Upper South Carolina, Gracie?  Yup.  For those who don’t know, there are almost as many Episcopal dioceses as there are Episcopalians and, as Andy Warhol might have said, in the future, everyone will be an Episcopal bishop for 15 minutes.

The woman to Bishop Waldo’s right is rocking a stole with the names of women from the Bible signifying, of course, that there were…women…in the…Bible.  I don’t know about you but I didn’t know that so I appreciate this woman communicating that fact.

I don’t know what’s happening on the stole on the woman to the Bishop’s left.  God’s in charge of the weather?  A tribute to the cold front?  Go Iowa State Cyclones?

Pointing and laughing at the Episcopal Church in the USA is not so much like fishing in a barrel as like doing so with a hand grenade.

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Happy Birthday To the Mighty John Wayne

27th May 2010

Read it. And watch the video.

Who knew John Wayne could sing?

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Congress Pushes Fighter Jet Engine That Military Says it Doesn’t Want or Need

27th May 2010

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Not really news, but a useful reminder.

“It started off with an earmark that was placed into a defense bill years ago,” said Laura Peterson, who has been tracking the project for the nonpartisan watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense.

The money involved is not insubstantial. By some estimates, Congress has paid $3 billion to GE and Rolls-Royce since first setting aside money for a second engine in the mid-1990s, and it will take close to $3 billion more to have the engines tested, proven and in full production.

And top military brass say they don’t want or need it. One navy admiral told reporters it made no sense to try and carry spare parts two separate engines on an aircraft carrier. “Space is at a premium,” Adm. Gary Roughead said.

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Red Cross aids Taliban

27th May 2010

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Dhimmitude: it’s a growth industry.

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Asian bear filmed doing ‘Kung Fu’ moves with stick

26th May 2010

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Bear’s got some moves. No, it’s not a panda.

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Wait to cut umbilical cord, say researchers

26th May 2010

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So there you are.

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Boehner Strikes GOP Earmarks

26th May 2010

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Despite being directed to withdraw their requested earmarks, four members of the GOP caucus have refused to do so: Anh “Joseph” Cao (La.), Henry Brown (S.C.), Don Young (Alaska) and Ron Paul (Texas).

I guess Ron Paul’s own private copy of the Constitution has very good reasons for sticking to his guns here. I mean otherwise he’d be a rank hypocrite and his followers would be tools and we all know that isn’t the case.

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UK: Doctors given permission to use force to operate on cancer patient

26th May 2010

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That’s government health care for you. Of course we want that here, don’t we?

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Vito joins the no-shame game

26th May 2010

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Fossella’s swift resurrection is a departure from the old playbook and a template for the new politics of sex scandals, a model coming predictably from New York and California. For all but the grossest sins (see Edwards, John) and weirdest public conduct (see Sanford, Mark), apologies are passé, retirement is for suckers, and chutzpah is the new contrition.

Bill Clinton was the test case for brazen survival, but more recent instances come with less baggage: Arnold Schwarzenegger brushed aside campaign allegations of sexual harassment like so many hostile robots in “Terminator,” Sen. David Vitter stayed in Congress after being caught paying prostitutes, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom weathered the ugly publicity over an affair with a top aide’s wife to emerge as the leading candidate for lieutenant governor, and Eliot Spitzer was rewarded for high-profile sins with a guest-hosting gig on MSNBC.

“We are living in an age when a recluse is just somebody who doesn’t have a sex tape on the Internet,” said Eric Dezenhall, a Washington corporate crisis manager. “Shocking us is an impossibility. Shame is a silly fetish, and chutzpah pays a bigger dividend than discretion.”

And this guy was a Republican, which just goes to show you that you can’t depend on labels.

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Paraglider breaks back after taking to skies without training

26th May 2010

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There’s a reason they call it ‘natural selection’.

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Golfer gets two holes-in-one in a row

26th May 2010

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A golfer has defied odds greater than a lottery win by sinking an incredible two holes-in-one in a row during a single game.

I think I’d rather have the lottery win. But, then, I’m not a golfer.

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More than 1,000 under 15s had an abortion last year

26th May 2010

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More than 1,000 children under 15 had an abortion last year, raising fears they could be using terminations as form of contraception.

Oh, ya think?

  1. Thank God you don’t live in Britain.
  2. Without eternal vigilance, it could happen here. Probably in a blue state.

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New York community panel approves plan for mosque at Ground Zero

26th May 2010

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The vote was 29-to-1 in favor of the plan, with 10 abstentions. The move by the Manhattan Community Board 1, while not necessary for the building’s owners to move forward with the project, is seen as key to obtaining residents’ support.

It would appear that not all of the surrender-monkeys live in France.

“The moderate Muslim voice has been squashed in America,” said Bruce Wallace, who said he lost a nephew in the Sept. 11 attacks. “Here is a chance to allow moderate Muslims to teach people that not all Muslims are terrorists.”

An assertion for which no evidence has been presented — indeed, all the available evidence is to the contrary. But there’s a reason they call it ‘invincible ignorance’.

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Go Ahead, Spit on Me. I Need the Vacation.

26th May 2010

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But only if you’re a New York City bus driver.

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Mexico Tells Obama What To Do With Those National Guard Troops

26th May 2010

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Which is not the same as what I would have told him to do with his entire administration. Just in case you were wondering.

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‘Pirates’ claim they were just fishing for sharks… with rocket launchers

26th May 2010

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Well, if I were fishing for sharks, I’d certainly want a rocket launcher. You never know.

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The White House And The Oil Spill

26th May 2010

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I was led to believe that a powerful and active federal government would be good for society at large, but unfortunately the federal government’s ability to be powerful and active is not as pronounced as its ability to be large, meddlesome when its help is not wanted, and slothful when its help is actually needed.

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U.S. oil drilling regulator ignored experts’ red flags on environmental risks

26th May 2010

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Regulation didn’t work? Why, then, we need … more regulation.

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Wal-Mart thanks employee who foiled shoplifter, then fires her

26th May 2010

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The next day, about two hours before her shift was over, Ravenstein says an assistant manager asked to speak with her. He then told her it’s against Wal-Mart policy for anyone but a manager or someone in asset protection to try and stop a customer from stealing.

“He said there’s really no gray area,” Ravenstein says. “It just goes straight to termination.”

She was told to turn in her badges and keys.

“They never once said, ‘You’re not supposed to be doing that.’ “

No good deed goes unpunished.

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Computing smart-scope gunsight for US snipers

26th May 2010

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US military boffins are about to produce a field-ready computer gunsight which will let snipers kill people on their first shot from a mile away – even with troublesome winds blowing.

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Food Fight

26th May 2010

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A Californian woman who was accused of attacking an airport security guard for trying to seize her applesauce as she boarded a plane was fined $2,500 over the incident — and is refusing to pay, The Glendale News Press reported Wednesday.

In April 2009, Hays had packed the sweet-tasting condiment and other snacks into a cooler to take on board for her elderly mother, myFOXla.com reported.

But when the 58-year-old was told she couldn’t take it on the plane she refused to hand the blue container over — sparking a “tug-of-war” with a TSA agent at Bob Hope airport in Burbank, Calif.

Another example of why I don’t fly.

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Why Does Steve Ballmer Still Have a Job?

25th May 2010

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Steve Ballmer has been CEO of Microsoft since 2000. During his tenure, Microsoft came out with Windows Vista, perhaps the most unsuccessful operating system in modern history (Windows ME doesn’t count, since Microsoft’s core customer base was using NT/2000); it tried a “Microsoft inside” strategy in digital music and, when that failed, launched the Zune, which also failed; it watched Firefox (and Safari and Chrome) eat a large chunk of its lunch in Internet browsers, the application most people use more than everything else put together; it launched Windows Live, a marketing strategy with no noun behind it, which completely flopped at whatever it was supposed to do; it got blown away in Internet search to the point where it had to re-launch as Bing, a plucky underdog;  and in mobile phones, which everyone has known for a decade would be the next big thing, it stuck with its bloated, awkward Windows Mobile for far too long, letting everyone (RIM, Apple, Google, and even Palm) pass it by to the point where it has no customer base left. (BlackBerry rules the corporate market, Microsoft’s traditional stomping grounds.) Recently I saw a headline saying that Microsoft is going to try to relaunch Hotmail to make it cool. Really, why bother?

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iPad piano app tested by concert pianist Stephen Hough

25th May 2010

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